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Creative Week 36

All is fairly quite in the house this week as little son is away in Germany on the return part of the student exchange.  He has been to school with his partner and is staying in his house too.  He has been taken bowling and to see the sights in Frankfurt but what else he has been up to is anyones guess, as I haven’t heard from in since Friday lunchtime, I hope he is having a great time and soaking up all things German.

I have finished the corset I was making for Halloween for my cousins daughter.  It was posted last Monday so should have arrived in Utah by now,  I am expecting photos of it being worn sometime soon. (hint hint)  But to be going on with here is a photo taken on my design wall.

Halloween Corset

This photo does not do it justice.  I really enjoyed making it apart from inserting the eyelets, there are 28 of them.

This weeks quilt idea.  Urban Mod Lattice

Urban Mod lattice

So called because I have again used Art Gallery Fabrics this time from the range called Urban Mod

This quilt measures approximately 72″ square, the blocks are set on point, in a 4 by 4 grid.  There are 3 different blocks, one being a plain square.

Urban Mod Lattice block 2

Urban Mod Lattice block 1

Follow these links for fabric yardage:- Urban Mod Lattice Fabric requirements and rotary cutting info:- Urban Mod Lattice block 1 Rotary Cutting info.JPG

Urban Mod Lattice block 2 Rotary Cutting info.JPG

Urban Mod Lattice block 3 Rotary Cutting info.JPG

Urban Mod Lattice 2nd Half block for top bottom and sides Rotary Cutting info.JPG

Urban Mod Lattice Top Bottom and side half blocks Rotary Cutting info.JPG

Urban Mod Lattice corner block Rotary Cutting info.JPG

and the borders:- Urban Mod Lattice side Border Rotary Cutting info.JPG  Urban Mod Lattice Top and Bottom Border Rotary Cutting info.JPG

Another variation Autumn Lattice  again using Art Gallery Fabrics this time from the Elements ranges of Oval Elements and Pure Elements

Autumn Lattice

Thanks for visiting, until next week. x


Creative Week 34

There is a definite chill to the air now here in the UK.  Although the sun has been out all day today we have had a steady breeze, it has ensured the temperature has been held down.  I did manage to take a few photos of the very last of the flowers before the rain starts again.

dahlia 1 dahlia 2

The dahlias are still in flower but come the first frost they will be gone.

My last 3 roses

My last three roses for this year.

my last strawberry

My last strawberry!

drooping sunflower

The head of this sunflower is so heavy it has made the whole thing droop.

the one still to come

We do still have this one to come.


Still in full flower, as are

The last of the nasturstions

and so are the sedums


You know when you wake up sometimes there is a remembered thought whether it be from a dream or something else, well last night was very restless and when I woke all I kept seeing/remembering was this little devil…..

One of the little devils that started it all

Obviously it wanted me to do something, but other than plant it out I could only think to try to recreate it in a quilt somehow.  Here are my drawings……

Basic sketch

         The basic sketch, which then moved on to ……

Block drawing

which then became this ……


which got put into this quilt diagram…

That pansy that kept me awake pieced quilt

Then I moved on to looking in the EQ7 block section for their rendition of a pansy, I found 2, one pieced and one a motif.

EQ7 pieced pansy

EQ7 applique pansy

from these I came up with these……..

That pansy that kept me awake EQ7 block quilt

and this …….

That pansy that kept me awake applique quilt

I drew the bee, my little son chose the colours.

The bee…

the bee

This last one is this weeks quilt idea – The Pansy that kept me awake.

It measures 27″ square approximately and is ideal for a table topper.  It needs fabric in the following amounts

  • Background – blue a 24.5″ square
  • yellow 3/8ths of a yard
  • pale mauve 1/8th yard
  • dark mauve 1/2 yard
  • black 1/8th yard
  • very pale beige 1/8th yard

The inner border cut from yellow need 2 pieces for the top and bottom 25.5 ” by 1″ and for the left and right 24.5″ by 1″.  The outer border, in dark mauve for top and bottom 27.5″ by 1.5″ and the left and right 25.5″ by 1.5″

A piece of batting and a backing fabric, both 29″ square.  Binding approx 130″ by 2.5″ wide.

Here are the links for the templates,

the large pansy:- Pansy that kept me awake templates flower

the small pansy:- Pansy that kept me awake templates flower small

the bee:- Pansy that kept me awake templates bee

the placement diagram:- quilt layout for the pansy that kept me awake table topper

Talking of table toppers, little son is off to Germany soon to stay with a family who’s son stayed with us in May.  So, I thought I would send a present for his mother over with my son.

Table topper

The pattern (yes I know I don’t usually follow commercial patterns but…) is from Patrick Lose’s website as part of his Party with Patrick scheme.

The close up….

table topper detail

This turned out to be a very, very quick project and I have not only finished this one but made (and finished) another ready for the Myton Hospice Christmas Fair.

This week I have also gone through my knitting yarns, gathering all the leftovers from projects and have found enough of one to make a cardigan, again as a gift so I don’t have to spend anymore money buying yarn at the moment.  I did find some that will be sold very soon as I don’t need/like/want it anymore, that will happen soon when I can get DD to upload it to Ebay for me.

That’s all for this week, thanks for visiting. X

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Creative Week 29

I am very nearly back to normal after our 3 week trip to America.

This year we added in a trip to Las Vegas – never again in July, it was so very hot.  On a trip out to the Hoover Dam we were advised to be careful to not loose a shoe as someone on a previous trip earlier in the week had done, they ended up in hospital with a sever burn to the foot!

Our trip to Yellowstone was really enjoyable, we were accompanied by 11 of my American family.  We saw Buffalo, Osprey and massive Bull Elk with full antlers just waiting for the velvet to be rubbed off.  Sadly, no bears, moose or wolves and no bald eagles this year.  With a lack of bear sightings we called into Bear World on our way back to Utah where we did see Grizzlies and Black Bear – the bear cubs are so cute, as were the white baby elk.  They have a white bull elk who had certainly been busy with the ladies, sadly these white elk will never be able to be returned to the wild as they would make easy prey.

Also this year, we took a trip to Salt Lake City including a visit to the state capital building and a trip around Temple Square.  If you are ever in Salt Lake City call into the Lyon House the food is very good as is the price and service.  My little son decided he would have a fainting episode whilst lining up for food, the ladies were so kind in there, they made sure he was well looked after, although they couldn’t do much about the cause of his fainting as it was down to the heat, most of the time we were in Utah it was over 100 degrees F (about 38 degrees C). In Las Vegas it was over 40.

We enjoyed a lazy time at my cousins house in Payson, well as lazy as you can be in America.  We know the Interstate 15 from junction 253 to 260 very well.  I would like to say a massive Thank you to Jeff, Sherri, Taylor and Makayla for having us stay and for taking us up the dump to go shooting.

Now for this weeks quilt idea 1/2 Square Triangle Bonanza 

half square triangle bonanza

This quilt measure approx 45″ square but can be made larger or smaller as required (adjust the fabric requirements as needed)

Here are the links for all the info needed to create this one:- fabric requirements (yards)

rotary cutting info block

rotary cutting info border block

template for block and border block

Until next week, thank you for dropping by. x

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Creative Week 21

Lovely Sunday morning spent with my husband watching our little son playing cricket, at Rectory Park, Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands.

Sunday morning cricket 30th June 2013


Here he is just about to start

Little son just about to start playing his cricket match


The rest of this past week has been spent on trying out different/new ways (to me) of doing old things.  For example, tube piecing to make diagonal striped squares.

tube piecing 1



I also made a couple of pineapple blocks I always thought these were to much like hard work to construct, what with all those angles to be cut, how wrong I was, this technique is so easy and quick to do, all using 21/2″ strips.

pineapple 1



pineapple 2

I’ll be turning these to into cushion covers but now I realise how easy this is construction is I may make a whole quilt this way.

I have cut the fabric for the next project, it is sitting waiting on my table, but as the vacuum cleaner has decided to breakdown this could be stitched a lot soon than I expected – Hurray!

the next project cut

This weeks quilt idea I have called Peaches

peaches quilt

This quilt measures 52″ by 52″ but could easily be adapted for different sizes.

peaches block 1


peaches block 2

The blocks are 10″ square (finished) The quilt has two borders- the inner border measuring 2″ wide (finished) and the second 4″ (finished)

Follow these links for the fabric requirements – peaches fabric requirements For the rotary cutting instructions – peaches block 1 rotary cutting info  peaches block 2 rotary cutting info For the templates peaches templates

Before I go here is the cricket tea I produced on Saturday for the Olton and West Warwickshire Cricket Club 3rd Eleven and their Opposition, there wasn’t much left – the scones and cakes (all home made) always go down well.

cricket tea 29th June 2013

The cakes this week were – vanilla with chocolate butter cream, sticky ginger cake, my special lemon drizzle and apple with a hint of cinnamon and of course scones with either raspberry or strawberry jam.

until next week. Thanks for dropping by. x


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Creative Week 20

Lunch Bags!  My daughter asked me to make her a bag to carry her lunch in to work.  So after a few minutes thinking and discussing what she wanted we came up with an idea, another hour or so later she had her bag, I think she is pleased with it.

Nicola's lunch bag Nicola's lunch bag 2


I first measured her lunch box adding an inch for fabric and turning etc., the whole thing is a cube, ties have been added to the sides to bring it in a bit but it is deep enough for the lunch box, her drink and any fruit she might want to have.  The whole thing can just be put in the wash if it gets dirty.

This weeks quilt idea.

I have called this one Spring Tickle, as I have the ticklish fabric collection by Moda to play with.

72" by 72"

72″ by 72″

12" by 12"

12″ by 12″

Above is the block, to which is added 2″ sashing (finished) with corner stones taken from the fabric line.  Border 1 measures 2″ wide (finished – unfinished pieces 21/2″ wide) cut two pieces 54.5″ long and two 58.5″ long piecing to achieve the required length.  Border 2 is again 2″ wide (finished) two pieces 58.5″  long and two 62.5″ long.  Border 3  measures 5″ (finished – unfinished 5.5″) cut two pieces 62.5″ long and two pieces 72.5″ long.

Follow these links to find the rotary cutting info – Spring Tickle Rotary Cutting info Block, fabric requirements – Spring tickle fabric  (please note these requirements are only a guideline) and finally the templates – Spring Tickle Templates

Thank you for dropping by, until next week. x

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Creative week 8:- This weeks quilt idea

Creative week 8 quilt

Here you’ll find all the info for rotary cutting the blocks needed, the fabric requirements and a quilt layout.

block 2 rotary cutting info block 1

block 2 rotary cutting info block 2

block 3 rotary cutting info block 3

coner block corner block rotary cutting info

edge block 1rotary cutting info edge block 1

edge block 2

rotary cutting info edge block 2

Fabric yardage (in yards)

And finally I thought you might like to see the lunch I had today.


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Creative Week 8 (another exciting post title)

I managed to finish the Easter table runner and place mats with a few hours to spare, but I forgot to flip the cutting of the second rabbit on the runner (what an idiot).

easter runner and mats

easter mat 1 easter mat 2

easter mat 3 I have also worked on my scrap quilt a little more, having cut the batting away from 4 of the blocks and joined these together.

Lay out block ready for cutting

peel back the backing before cutting the battingblack with all excess batting cut away

how the edges will be folded in once all stitching completed 1how the edges will be folded in once all stitching completed 2

Now this is turning into a really long post I think I’ll do another one with this weeks quilt idea, so hold tight I’ll be right back.


Creative Week 6

Before I show some of the last weeks creativity a reminder that this week from Thursday is Sewing for Pleasure: Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch/Hobbycraft event at the NEC Birmingham.

For tickets and info follow this link:-

I made a bag from bits cut from the fabrics I am using for the backings and frames for my scrap quilt (still a work in progress). I love it, the size, I thought might have been a bit small, is actually really good for me; just one thing I need to add a closure to the top, I don’t like it so open as I am a bit o.c.d. when it comes to security and having had a handbag stolen sometime ago (with my whole life in it) I really don’t want to have anything lifted from this one.

Easy bag

Easy bag

To quilt the bag quickly I just used an orange variegated cotton thread and the fly stitch built into my machine over all the sections except where the final construction appears. Would I construct the bag in the same way next time – well, no. I am already working on another bag this time using some layer cake squares I have left over form something else; I would also add internal pockets and consider some form of internal closure.

Below is a quilt created in EQ7 which can be made from a Jelly Roll, although you will find fabric requirements attached.

easy georgia

Please click on the following links for the block diagram easy georgia block , the rotary cutting info easy georgia rotary cutting instructions and the fabric requirements easy georgia fabric requirements.

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Creative Week 5

1st scrap block quilted

The first of the 16 scrap blocks for my scrap quilt, each block is 14.5″ square. I will be using a quilt as you go method, joining the blocks once the quilting is done, each will have a different backing which I intend to use as sashing by bringing the backing to the front, folding it to look like binding and hand stitching in place. I’ll take photos as the process sounds harder than it is. I learnt how to do this when I was at the HMQS in Utah last May.

I have also been working on an easy quilt to share.

Designed in EQ7.

Designed in EQ7.

easy 1 block

Click on the following link for the quilt layout easy 1 layout and this for the first block cutting info easy 1 block 1 rotary cutting info and the second block cutting instructionseasy 1 block 2 rotary cutting info